Kitsap, Mason North Mason Regional Fire Authority Fire Commissioner Position No. 2
6-year term; No salary. A Fire District is responsible for fire response and containment and for emergency medical services. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional fire chief and fire district personnel. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any fire levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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Brooke Quigley (NP)
Why did you decide to run for this position?
What are three major issues facing your fire district?
Of the three, which one is the most urgent?
What unique qualities do you bring to this job?
I am running for North Mason Regional Fire Authority, Position 2, because I would like to work with the dedicated men and women whose mission it is to safeguard our community. I would like to play my part in making sure our residents experience the most effective preventative information, fire suppression, emergency care and non-emergency health service possible.
1) The RFA serves very diverse and unique communities, covering 136 square miles. We want to respect the differing strengths and needs of each community and effectively meet the challenge of physical distances while serving all residents well.
2) The opiate epidemic is a nation-wide challenge and North Mason is severely affected. As in other locations, we are experiencing increasing opiate abuse, overdoses, and deaths across all socioeconomic and age groups.
3) The need for the fire service to partner with other entities to provide non-emergency care is increasing. Though not established yet, there may be a future role for fire service personnel to play in community based medicine in non-emergency settings.
Right now, the opiate epidemic is the most immediate and pressing problem in my estimation. Fire service first responders are on the front lines and already partnering with law enforcement, health professionals, counselors, and others to address the crisis. All community members will be invited to attend an educational forum on opiate addiction in November and invited to make suggestions and join with others to work on specific action plans to mitigate the crisis.
I have strong background in group discussion and decision making, which I can apply to the arena of public service. I have history with the district, dating to the days before we became a fire authority, and I think that sense of history helps me understand my role as a fire commissioner and the role that the fire authority can play in the community.
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